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Gerh said...Rebel’s Romance will not run in the derby per Bloodhorse.He will instead be pointed towards the Belmont
I am already imagining The Belmont with Rock Your World, Rombauer, Rebel's Romance, Essential Quality and ........well, maybe Bourbonic, Hidden Agenda and OBesos. Should be the best race of the whole TC.
Do you think Greatest Honour will run in it? I suppose not. Shug must be gutted. He kept saying "distance is his friend." :(
Looks like Greatest Honour will be out for at least 2 months.I guess Shug is hoping to have him back for Saratoga
Hey, it’s their horse, but I think that’s a mistake. Essential Quality may be the one to break the Tapit Derby Jinx, but I don’t think so. Let’s see what Concert Tour does.
Thunder Snow and Mendelssohn didn’t get to run their races from the start. Lani and Muthaheeb were a bit too slow, IMO. I have not backed a Godolphin horse since Express Tour, who was woefully ill-prepared with one prep. This one I really like. I think he has just enough speed to stay close to those “glorified” 9f horses we usually run in the Derby. This breeding trend needs to get turned around, but it won’t until a horse like this wins the coveted roses! His breeding goes against the grain, which makes him a “Rebel”! Winning the Belmont will probably change nothing.
That makes a whole lotta sense, IMO. Very well-suited for 12 furlongs.
Well that’s disappointing but Goldophin might run 1-2 in the Belmont with him and Proxy.
Hi-Ho Bet, hope all is well with you & yours.
I have always rooted for the UAE Derby winners, especially Thunder Snow & Mendelssohn. I was also a Lani fan but knew he was a true head case.
I was as impressed as anyone by Rebel's Romance win.
I don't think Godolphin will ever admit it but even with a horse like Rebel's Romance, the drawbacks of arriving late, undergoing quarantine, possible feed issues, possible sleep issues, possible conditioning issues & possible temperament issues are imposing.
Bringing Essential Quality over at 2 & leaving him here to prep might speak to that. To a lesser extent that might also have applied to the less prepared Prevalence.
Having said that, I would have enjoyed seeing Rebel's Romance try the KD because it would be very satisfying if he won doing it that way.
Yes, it wouldn't be a surprise to see an RR/Proxy exacta in the Belmont or vice versa.
One of these days lol. I got enamored with Thunder Snow and he totally had a melt down. One would think they’d learn.
Hope everything is well over your way!
I agree that he is well suited for 12f. But his particular blood line has a few miler types in there that might make him a little more versatile than one would think. Competing against horses who might be stretching it at 10f, he might be just fast enough.